DEAR Sir or Madame:
Before writing further, allow me to congratulate you on your victory in these last elections. This one is hard won; this campaign season was one of the most divisive this country has ever seen.
Facebook feeds have been filled with negative posts and vitriol, with everyone drawing lines in the sand and taking sides. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that friendships have been broken as a result of this year’s election, despite the lifetimes that those unions have lasted.
However, the people have now spoken with their ballots, and you have emerged the winner. Hopefully, the fever generated on social media and elsewhere will now cool down, and that things will return to something closer to normal.
Allow me, please, as an ordinary citizen of this country, to offer my own two cents.
Of course, it is your prerogative to ignore everything this missive contains. This is not intended to tell you how to do your job, but rather to share the desires of my heart as one of the millions yearning for a brighter future for the next generation. I may be showing my naïveté, but kindly allow me a few minutes of your time.
Firstly, please decentralize the congestion in Metro Manila. Surely as a nation of 7,107 islands, Metro Manila cannot be the only place where the manna has fallen. Can’t the opportunities for jobs and education be spread everywhere?
As a result, perhaps the traffic situation that many from Metro Manila complain about will improve, because there will be less people flocking to this metropolis as the perceived central location for work.
Speaking of traffic, if the previous administration had a really good public transportation plan, please consider its merits.
Millions of commuters depend upon the rail and bus systems to get them from place to place. If there are ways to make sure that our commuters get to their destinations safely and expeditiously, including the maintenance of all these systems, and the roads that everyone uses, that would put smiles on their faces.
On that note… if there are programs, infrastructure or personnel from previous administrations that are actually working, it might be a good idea to have those things stay on, and maybe get reinforced.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), for example, is a building built during the Marcos administration, and has remained as a premier location for stage plays, concerts and other cultural presentations. It is also in need of care. I’ve seen it glorious, and I’ve seen it in less than pristine condition.
Many artists and art companies call this place home. Given that the Filipino artist has been hailed all over the globe as “world-class,” it might be a good idea to nurture the arts in a world-class home.
A society can be judged on how it treats its artists. The late US President John F. Kennedy himself said, “I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over cities, we too will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.”
After all is said and done, just know that I shall support you because of the office you now occupy. Whether or not I actually voted for you is at this point irrelevant. I shall presume that you have the absolute best interests of our country and countrymen at heart, and will do everything in your power to
effect actual, tangible, visible change—the kind of change we have all been desperately craving for.
The word “change” means something different to different people, though… To some, it means the end of systemic corruption, horrible traffic snarls and feeling taken advantage of. To others, it means not having to leave one’s family to find work abroad, being able to walk safely at night and having access to good health care and education.
It’s a pity that you have such a short time period in which to provide all this. But know this: I know that you by yourself are not a miracle worker. One administration will not be enough to turn things around 180 degrees. That would be impossible.
All I ask for is to put the mechanisms in place that future generations can build upon in order to move our country forward. And I ask that future generations, without malice or vengefulness, continue whatever good work has been started.
Thank you very much for reading.
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Understandably, some fans are excited to see Baby Zia Dantes‘ pictures on her parents Instagram all the time. Some have actually posted requests to see Baby Z’s activities everyday. If you observe Dingdong and Marian carefully you’d noticed how consciously protective they are when it comes to sharing pictures of their precious daughter on social media. If you think about it, DongYan didn’t post pictures from the baptism. Instead, we saw pictures from the godparents(and now on YES mag’s May issue). As a matter of fact, when Marian taped the pilot episode of Yan Ang Morning, the fans got the best surprise when Dingdong and Zia stopped by for a visit. They all went nuts naturally and asked to take pictures. The couple obliged but with one condition, don’t post any of it on social media. More so on Marian’s part and she admits to being prudent about the whole thing.
Bagamat lumabas na sa TV commercial at sa cover ng YES! magazine, nilinaw ni Marian Rivera na limitado pa rin ang pagiging exposed ng cute na anak nila ni Dingdong Dantes na si Maria Letizia.
Natanong kasi ang Kapuso Primetime Queen kung sa kanyang bagong morning talk show na Yan ang Morning! unang makikita ng publiko sa TV si Baby Zia.
“Hindi,” bahagyang umiling si Marian.
Paliwanag niya, “Ayaw ko naman ipagdamot bilang parehas naman kami ni Dong na artista, so ayaw ko naman ipagdamot.
“Noong buntis ako, nagse-share naman ako ng pictures. Noong nanganak ako, nagse-share ako.
“Pero sa Instagram ko, makikita nila na not every day ako nagpu-post, siguro sa mas si Dong pa.
“Okay na yun. Oo, madamot ako, keri na ‘yon.”
Aminado si Marian na kahit gustuhin, mahirap para sa kanila ni Dingdong na gawing pribado ang buhay ng kanilang anak.
“Paano naman namin gagawing private ang buhay namin, e, parehas kaming mag-asawang nasa showbiz.
“Kaya nga siguro hangga’t maaari ay limited lang ang ipinapakita namin na mga pictures ni Zia.
“Pero hindi naman sa nagdadamot kami kasi kahit papaano, sine-share pa rin namin,” saad niya
So the next time we feel the need to see a new picture of Baby Zia, please understand and respect her parents’ way of trying to maintain as much privacy as they can within the showbiz world they live in.
Lip Sync Battle is supposed to be fun and entertaining but it seems like someone took it a bit further last week so she could win. Even singer-songwriter-actor Janno Gibbs had to comment when Rappler asked who did better between Heart Evangelista and Rhian Ramos. Judging by the majority of comments posted in that particular post, the Senator/Presidential candidate’s wife pulled the oldest trick in the book, HAKOT.
How do you expect this politician’s wife to help serve the Filipinos the honest way when she had to cheat on a simple lip sync battle on TV. What a way to discredit a franchise show that’s supposed to be entertaining. WAKE UP and VOTE WISELY!
Everything I’ve wished and hoped for to be part of Marian Rivera‘s lifestyle talk show is all coming true. I’ve shared this before when rumors came out that Marian was doing a talk show with Ai-Ai delas Alas and Regine Velasquez. That did not come into fruition but Sunday PinaSaya happened instead. No biggie because this new experiment from GMA 7 is paying off really well. Now Marian’s own talk show is finally happening with YAN ANG MORNING starting May 2nd and all the possible segments that I wanted Marian to tackle are going to be on it.
Discussion about trending topics and current news ala The View.
If you are a follower of Marian Rivera‘s Instagram account @therealmarian then you’ve seen her bonding time with her Mom and Nanay once a week. Marian always makes it a point to allocate 1 day of the week for her Mom and Nanay and every Sunday with the Dantes side. In fact, fans pretty much expect a picture of Marian with her Mom and Nanay bonding together at one of their favorite places, Santuario De San Antonio in Forbes Park, like the ones above.
How’s this for an AFTER picture? And how cute is Baby Zia in her pretty dress with her bungisngis smile much like her Mama? It’s not Tres Marias anymore. I’m pretty sure we’ll see more of these CUATRO pretty Rivera ladies bonding at Santuario De San Antonio at least once a week. SWEET!
Dear Mayor Duterte,
I don’t know you personally, although I know what you have done for women in Davao City and the support you have given our women’s groups there, including our One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign for the last four years. I have been to Davao many times for OBR and have seen first hand the projects you implemented there – the Davao City Women’s Code, and the Davao City One Stop Crisis Center for Women – all achieved side by side with our women’s advocacy groups there like Gabriela and many others. The incredibly diverse, radically political and fiercely creative OBR annual Rising events that happen there each year – joined by so many, if not, all sectors of society in Davao, is testament to the dignity and respect and value given to women and girls there.
I also know how you fight for our Lumads and workers – insisting on their rights – fighting against militarization that continue to kill and harass them. I was in UCC Haran at the Lumad camp in Davao, and our brothers and sisters there told me how you continue to send food for them. I see how you stand by our most marginalized, like the ongoing Kidapawan injustices happening to our famers, more than any other leader. I see the way your heart beats loudly against the injustices heaped against them.
But these days I am having sleepless nights thinking of the male machismo entitlement in which you wield words on a privileged whim because of your elevated status as a man of position and power. I grew up in a household where my father also wielded words – words that were used as swords to assert his male superiority and power over my Mother. Words that hurt her person and shattered her soul. Words that destroyed any feelings of value or security she may have had in order for him to feel more powerful, to feel manly, to feel in control. Words that were meant to put women in their place – inferior, no value. Violent language.
You see Mayor Duterte, you remind me of my father. Who fought for the poor and the marginalized, and despite being a Marcos man always told his children we should always be proud he never stole from the government – which is, he reminded us, why we did not live in Forbes Park like the Marcos cronies. He was of the people. For them. He served them. I witnessed this truth my entire growing up life. But at home he called my mother names and put her down. He was mean to her. He womanized. He called women every derogatory name much like how you do. His male macho privilege permeated our home, our family – and his devaluing of women created fear, insecurity, anger, instability, duplicity, double standards. My first sense of injustice came from him. And for many years I could not see past all the good he had done as a public official, all the policies and programs he created in Makati for the women and the poorest communities as Vice Mayor for years, because all I could see and feel was my mother’s hurt. All I could see was how his constant misogynistic macho sexist diminishing of her affected her life, affected ours. I can still hear her cries and smell her fear. For decades I never said anything, again to protect my father’s good public name and the service he had done – even if the truth about him burned with rage inside me. It took many years, and doing the work I do now with OBR and Gabriela to realize that it is not him I should be protecting. The ones causing hurt should be the ones exposed, even it means losing family and friends. When I am at a crux or crossroad of principles, beliefs and courage about these issues – all I have to do is IMAGINE her. My mother. As I wish you would imagine your mother every time you crack a joke about women or talk about them in a derogatory way, or make a joke about rape.
Correction Philstar’s PIK PAK BOOM: US Immigrants/Green Card Holders Can’t Vote In The US Federal Elections
There is a difference between a US Immigrant and a US Citizen. The former is a green card holder while the latter is either a US citizen by birth or through the process of Naturalization like Presidential candidate Grace Poe. While there are many privileges for being a US immigrant, there are certain things that he/she can’t participate in. One of that is voting during elections.
Green card holders can’t vote in the Federal elections unlike what Philstar’s Pik Pak Boom just reported in the case of A-Ai delas Alas.
Rights and Benefits of U.S. Lawful Permanent Residence
A lawful permanent resident receives a photo identity card that is, literally, green. The card is evidence that he or she has the right to live and work in the U.S. on a permanent basis; to travel and return; and to petition for certain close family members to also receive green cards.
However, green card holders cannot do everything that U.S. citizens can. They cannot vote in U.S. elections. (source)
The Right to Vote
One of the most important privileges of democracy in the United States of America is the right to participate in choosing elected officials through voting in elections. There are many different types of elections in the United States, such as federal elections, state elections or local elections. Only U.S. citizens can vote in federal elections. Registering to vote or voting in a federal election is a crime if you are not a U.S. citizen. Non-U.S. citizens, including permanent residents (green card holders), who vote, or register to vote, in a federal election also can be denied naturalization and/or removed (deported) from the United States.
There are very few jurisdictions where a non-U.S. citizen may vote in a local election. However, this web site does not provide information regarding voting qualifications for state and local elections. You can obtain information regarding voting qualifications in local elections from your local voting authority. It is important to remember that even if you are allowed to vote in a local election, you are not eligible to vote in a federal election if you are not a U.S. citizen, nor in any other election that requires you to be a U.S. citizen. (source)
Therefore, NO, Ai-Ai delas Alas can’t vote for Donald Trump even if she wants to. (Thank goodness, HEHE). (Read this just FYI)
Is it contract negotiation time between Jennylyn Mercado & GMA Network? This would be a valid reason I could think of why the Starstruck 1 winner is missing in the #MayForever Loyal Kapuso List. It’s quite interesting that they used the hashtag #MayForever since Jennylyn Mercado’s last MMFF movie was titled, WALANG FOREVER. Plus, that description of the list which starts with, “Jumping ship may sometimes be tempting…..”
Is Jennylyn waiting for her home network to offer her the lead female role in the adaptation of Korean drama hit, My Love From Another Star? If that’s the case, well……………………………. (that’s all for now)
PS: Jennylyn’s manager is Becky Aguila, former Manager of ex-Kapuso turned Kapamilya Angel Locsin. Is history about to repeat itself? Jennylyn’s upcoming movie, Just The 3 of Us opposite John Lloyd Cruz is under Star Cinema.
The price of success, in case of Maine Mendoza, a fast rise to her phenomenal success, is not being able to spend time with her family. She has Eat Bulaga 6 times a week, pictorials, numerous meetings for numerous endorsements then the endorsement shootings, rehearsals, launch events, and who knows, she might be taking workshops too. She is one very busy and most probably exhausted girl.
Meanwhile, some of her fans think her career is being stagnant. They’re complaining about the lack of teleserye, a movie, a singing album, regional shows with Alden, and International shows as well. Her fans are all over social media whining and being impatient to the point of disrespecting the people behind Maine’s career. I don’t know how they expect her Management to fit everything in her schedule and still find time for her family. That poor girl’s health is going to suffer and then what? She needs time to rest and enjoy life too.
In all fairness to TAPE, the agency that’s managing Maine, they’ve been in the business for so long I think they know by now how to handle Maine and her fast rise to fame. They’re striking while the iron is hot in some aspects but they’re also very careful in making sure she doesn’t turn into a burnt out one-hit wonder. Not to mention face the danger of overexposure. They’re not just going to release an album just because they’re sure it’ll be sold out in one day. Maine will need voice lessons and her songs need to be written. A movie is probably being worked on. A tailor-made teleserye will have to be written. As far as regional shows, these are booked months prior to the events. More so when it’s overseas. They can’t just include Maine with a flick of a finger. There are logistics that fans don’t know nor should they be concerned about. Pinoy showbiz is a very fickle world. Her fans need to think about longevity and not just instant gratification. And let the girl have time in the beach with her family.
Lest Marian Rivera is accused of bringing this up, let’s be clear that it’s Heart Evangelista who keeps talking about the Primetime Queen every time she’s with the press. Just recently, she told Pep.ph about her desire to make peace blah blah blah blah blah (coz yah know, it’s election time and she has a new show, AHEM). Of course, Marian was asked about it.
NAUNGKAT muli ang isyu sa kanila ni Heart Evangelista sa presscon kahapon ni Marian Rivera-Dantes.
May lumabas kasing interview kay Heart na tila gusto na nitong maging okey sa mga nakaalitan nito at maging happy and positive na lang.
Medyo matagal na ring hindi nagrereak ni Marian ‘pag Heart ang usapan.
Baka gusto niyang magkomento tungkol dito?
“Hindi pa tapos? Ha! Ha! Ha! Hindi pa rin tapos?” natatawang reaksyon ni Yan sa presscon kahapon ng Maxi-Peel.
“Actually, nakakalokah. Tama, hindi na talaga ako nagkokomento tungkol sa mga ganyang bagay. Pero ang pagkakaalam ko kasi… kailan ba ‘yung Dolphy Special?
“Ang tagal na, ‘di ba? Mga 2 o 3 years ago? Lumapit na siya (Heart) sa akin, eh.
“The mere fact na lumapit na siya sa akin, pinatawad ko na siya. So, wala nang dahilan para sa mga isyu na ‘yan.
“Kaya nagtataka ako, bakit paulit-ulit na nabubuhay? Tapos, testigo si Ateng Rams (Rams David, manager niya) na nagbabatian kami (ni Heart). Na civil kami.
“Kaya nagtataka ako kung saan nanggagaling. Bakit ganu’n ‘yung mga sinasabi?
“So, alam mo ‘yon? Parang ang dami nang magandang nangyaring maganda sa buhay ko, tama na talaga. Literal, tama na.
“Wala talaga kayong narinig sa akin, kahit na aaminin kong may nakapagsabi sa akin at nasaktan ako sa sinabi niya (Heart) na very bad daw ang fans ko.
“Doon, nasaktan talaga ako. Pero still, hindi pa rin ako nagreak no’n.
“Siguro, ganito na lang. Sana, ‘yung mga sinasabi niyang salita, eh tumutugma sa mga kinikilos niya.
“Ako naman, tao lang. Kapag sincere sa akin ang isang tao, bakit hindi? Sino ba ang gustong may kaaway? Siyempre, lalo na ngayon na may anak ako.
“Gusto ko, bawat yugto ng buhay niya (Baby Zia), eh positive talaga din ako at nakikita niya sa amin na mga magulang niya na maganda kaming ehemplo para sa kanya,” bulalas ni Marian.
Kapag nagsimula na ang morning talk show niya na Yan ang Morning sa GMA, posible kaya na isa sa episodes nito ay maging guest si Heart?
“Alam mo, eversince talaga sa Sunday PINASaya, kahit sinong mag-guest, wala akong karapatan na harangin ang sinuman. Kasi, ang trabaho para sa akin ay trabaho.
“At sabi ko nga, walang espasyo sa buhay ko ang mga hindi magagandang pangyayari sa buhay. So, okey lang. Go with the flow.
“Kung gusto niyang (Heart) mag-guest at maganda ‘yung topic namin, why not? Lahat puwede. Kahit sino, puwede,” pakli ni Yan. (Source: Allan Diones Abante-Tonite)
I believe this is how a Queen shuts down a desperate woman’s attempt to be relevant out of the expense of others. Now, go away!